19/01/2017 Look North (North East and Cumbria)


19/01/2017

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Cumbria's Ambulance Service "requires improvement",

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following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

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Staff shortages and the treatment of vulnerable patients were highlighted

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It comes as Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner warns lives

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could be at risk if plans to reorganise the county's health

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services place further pressures on police and ambulance Services.

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The demand placed on Cumbria's emergency services has never

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There's concern plans to remove some services from the hospital

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in Whitehaven will force hundreds of extra patients to be transferred

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to Carlisle every year, placing greater strain not just

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on ambulance staff but on police officers who are

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On an almost daily basis, police are being called to support

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It is not a core role for the police, and whenever that happens,

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they are taken away from core policing duties.

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My concern is, if this was to get worse, the police

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don't have the resources to do it either.

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Based on accident statistics, the A595 is one of the most

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It's often closed by flooding and can be treacherous in winter.

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It's this road and the 40-mile journey between Whitehaven

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and Carlisle that's the focus of Peter McCall's letter

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to the success regime, the body responsible for restructuring

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In the letter, he says he'd be 'failing in his

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duty' if he didn't raise concerns about an increased patient

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transfers and the A595 and the knock-on effect that

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would have on officers called to assist an already fragile

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system - a worry shared by the Police Federation.

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As police officers are waiting for the ambulance staff, and

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the medical staff to arrive, jobs are backing up.

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And the public are sitting around, saying, where are

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What we don't want to do is blame other people for our

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non-attendance, but unfortunately, all too often, that is the case, and

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A dedicated ambulance transfer service is being considered

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as a means of easing pressure on existing staff, but Peter McCall

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wants reassurance any plans have been properly tested before

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If we don't get this right thrn it really does endanger lives,

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and I don't think anyone wants to be in that business.

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A spokesperson for the success regime said all responses

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to the consultation are being independently analysed and that

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analysis will be considered when final decisions are made.

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A couple from Surrey have described a north-east call

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handler as "an angel" for talking them through

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the delivery of their baby under the stairwell of their home.

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The mother had gone into a sudden and complicated labour,

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and was trying to get out of the door to a taxi,

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Their frantic 111 call for urgent medical help was answered

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Our health reporter Sharon Barbour has this exclusive story.

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It was a call Simon Williams in Newcastle had been trained for,

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A couple 300 miles away needed urgent medical help.

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From my mouth, it came the same, the baby was coming out.

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Simon knew if things went wrong, the lives of both mother

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Then an indication of a serious complication.

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There was one question he answered yes to which hurried things up a

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It was that the waters were stained brown.

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That means the baby is getting stressed.

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They were in Surrey and a London ambulance was now on its its way.

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But when a taxi they'd called earlier arrived,

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evidence the baby was also on its way was all over the dad.

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When he saw my dress, all the blood,

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everything on my shirt because the

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Within a few minutes, the sound of a baby crying.

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I was welling up and I congratulated them.

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It's extremely rare for 111 call handlers to meet their patients.

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But Simon has come down from the north-east

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and is about to arrive to meet the little girl

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In the end she had to be delivered here, under the stairs.

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A dispute between fire fighters and the North Yorkshire Fire Service

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is close to being resolved after a meeting this evening.

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Two fire fighters were sent home from duty in the

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dispute over a new tactical response vehicle.

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The unions contested it needed four officers to crew it,

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A way forward is now being considered by

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We provided an offer to the union which they will take away and

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Hopefully if that is acceptable to them, then we will be

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able tomorrow afternoon to resolve that part of the dispute that

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relates to tactical response vehicles.

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To allow that to happen, we have agreed for night shifts and day

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shift tomorrow, not sending anyone home.

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The Labour Party has selected its candidate to fight

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a parliamentary by-election in Copeland in West Cumbria tonight.

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Local county councillor and orthopaedic surgeon

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Gillian Troughton will look to retain the seat for the party.

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The by-election was caused by the resignation of

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Last week the Liberal Democrat Party selected local councillor

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The other parties have yet to pick their candidates.

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Millions of pounds of European money designed to help flood-hit areas

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?15 million of cash has been allocated from Brussels.

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But almost all of it will be used to pay off a fine imposed

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by the European Union for mis-spending money

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The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, the MP

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for Westmorland and Lonsdale, told the House of

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Whoever's fault it was that a fine was incurred,

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for certain it was not the fault of communities

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Will he commit that all of that money coming to those

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communities, or at the very least there to be a debate on the matter.

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David Lidington, the Leader of the House of Commons,

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told Mr Farron that an adjournment debate is probably the best way

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forward, and he will look into the matter of the European

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A significant milestone in the construction of a new bridge

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over the River Wear at Sunderland has been reached today.

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The centrepiece of the bridge, a 100-metre-tall pylon,

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was brought up the river by barge to the construction site.

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And the barge carrying the centrepiece of the new Wear

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From port to site, a journey of three miles,

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Time though to savour what will be a new landmark,

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And after a journey that started across the North Sea,

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in a Belgian fabrication yard two weeks ago, the bridge

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The weather's been brilliant, lovely, calm weather.

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And we've had the rising tide with us as well,

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as we came up the river, we had the tide to help us along.

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We are where we expected to be, still on target

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And today is a big milestone along that programme,

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and working towards achieving that completion date.

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The claim is that the new bridge between Pallion and Castletown

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will bring developments that could create 6,000 jobs.

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Local engineer Amy has already benefited.

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I went over to Belgium to see it, and didn't fully

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appreciate the scale when it was in the factory.

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But now I can actually see it, where it is, I think it's really

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But the next thing to watch out for is when the pylon

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That should happen either at the end of this month

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And when the pylon is in place, it'll be over 100 metres

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tall, twice the height of Gateshead's Millennium Bridge,

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no doubt a very important statistic for Wearside to boast about.

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Ian Reeve, BBC Look North, Sunderland.

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Here's Paul Mooney with a look at the weather.

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And a white weather is to continue. Only boring weather if you like.

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Mostly dry but fairly cloudy overnight. If you get any breaks in

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the looks as though we can, a bit more

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cloud on Sunday. Now the national picture.

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Good evening, it will gradually get colder in the UK in the next few

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days, something we don't have to worry about

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